HBO has put into development an anthology comedy series titled “Family Drama” that hails from Lynn Shelton, her frequent collaborator Megan Griffiths and “True Blood” executive producer Gregg Fienberg, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
“Family Drama” will follow a different family every season (within the same city — Seattle) as an explosive event or revelation rips open and exposes the family’s driving emotional flaw, forcing its members to finally confront and deal with each other.
Shelton, Griffiths and Fienberg will all serve as writers and executive producers on the series, and Shelton would direct the pilot should the project move forward.
“Family Drama” expands Shelton’s relationship with HBO, where she’s also attached to direct the miniseries “Madame X” starring Anna Paquin and written by Julia Hart. Paquin and her “True Blood” Stephen Moyer will executive produce the project with “The Brink” star Jack Black. Additionally, Shelton developed the HBO pilot “Terrible Infants” with “Laggies” writer Andrea Seigel.
Shelton is the director of the indie movies “Humpday,” “Laggies,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely.” She has also directed episodes of “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project” and “Mad Men.” She’s represented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer.
In addition to “True Blood,” Fienberg has a long history with HBO, having worked on “Deadwood,” “John From Cincinnatti,” “Carnivale,” “Big Love” and “The Mind of the Married Man.” He’s repped by UTA and Lichter, Grossman.
Griffiths co-produced Shelton’s indie comedy “Your Sister’s Sister” and directed the indie movies “Eden” and “Lucky Them.” She recently wrapped “The Night Stalker,” a thriller about serial killer Richard Ramirez. She’s repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.